(Tucson, Ariz.) – The Dickinson softball team ran its record to 8-2 on the season, posting a pair of thrilling victories on Thursday in Arizona.
The Red Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit with one run in the sixth and four in the seventh to start the day with a 5-3 win over the University of Dubuque. First-year Maggie McConney (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) hit a walk-off double to lead Dickinson past Stevens Institute of Technology, 6-5, in the nightcap.
Dubuque pushed across runs in the bottom of the second and third innings to pull in front, 2-0. Back-to-back singles and back-to-back walks cut the lead in half in the sixth.
Kristen Acocella (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and Kat Parise (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) led-off the inning with singles and moved over on a sacrifice bunt from Julie Siecinski (Edison, N.J./J.P. Stevens).
The Red Devils used four hits in the seventh to score four runs and lead, 5-2. Parise doubled to score two runs while McConney added a base-hit RBI. Jessica Epstein (Madison, N.J./Madison) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for another Devil run.
Dubuque looked to rally in the bottom of the seventh, but could only manufacture one run. Parise went 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Acocella went 3-for-4 as well. Madison Milaszewski (Rutland, Mass./Sutton) recorded six strikeouts to earn a complete game win, allowing just one walk.
The Red Devils made game two just as exciting as they traded run for run with Stevens Tech all afternoon. The Ducks scored once in the first but Dickinson answered in the bottom half of the inning as Epstein reached on an error, stole second and came in a double from Alicia Lane (Sterling, Mass./Nashoba Regional).
The teams traded runs again in the third as Brigitte Gutpelet (Norristown, Pa./William Penn Charter) singled in the third and made it home on an RBI single from Parise.
Gutpelet singled and scored again in the fourth on a double from Epstein while McConney came in as well to put Dickinson in front, 4-2.
The Ducks answered the call, scoring twice in the sixth to keep pace, at least until the bottom of the inning. Gutpelet added another base-hit and a run to give the Devils a 5-4 edge.
Stevens would answer one more time, pulling even in the top of the seventh. Parise singled and moved over on a sacrifice from Siecinski. That set the stage for McConney's walk-off double to give Dickinson the 6-5 win.
Gutpelet went 4-for-4 with a double in the first inning. Parise was 3-for-4 while Lane and McConney tallied a pair of hits. Kueny turned in a strong performance to get the win in the circle.
The Red Devils improve to 8-2 on the season. They close out the week with games against Hood College and Buena Vista University.